04 June 2021 (Edition - Issue 21)

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22 Days to go
ARMED FORCES DAY - Saturday 26 June 2021



Only 36 days to go until this years Armed Forces Day.


Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support and get involved.


Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.  In 2021, it will take place on Saturday 26 June.

Armed Forces Day celebrations begin on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.

Find out more about events and how to take part on the Armed Forces Day website here


Last week we launched our new report, Lifting Our Sights: Beyond 2030 – the impact of future trends on the transition of our Armed Forces Community from military to civilian life. Thank you to everyone who joined us at the launch. If you were unable to attend, you can view a recording here  You can also find the final report at
The Lifting Our Sights: Beyond 2030 project was commissioned by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and conducted by Future Agenda. It examines future social, technical, economic, environmental, political, and ethical trends and their impact on the Armed Forces Community, with a focus on transition.   
The report is a helpful guide that comprehensively sets out what ought to be considered as part of any strategic planning for the next decade. It describes over 30 macro shifts and foresights and includes those which will influence how the UK will change, those which will impact the Armed Forces in transition and those which will affect the community supporting transitioning Service personnel. Each trend reveals multiple implications and opportunities for stakeholders to consider, and identifies four priority action areas, as well as offering a series of goals for 2030 using the same overarching themes identified in the Strategy for Our Veterans. 
In addition to the final report, we have also produced a set of toolkits for the charity, public, private and communications sectors. The toolkits have been produced to assist stakeholders to work with the Lifting Our Sights findings, to apply them and to strengthen the conversation on supporting veterans in the UK both now and in the future.  
Employment, Training & Transition Support

             Informing Scotland Project Officer           





Veterans Scotland is seeking a Project Officer to deliver our ‘Informing Scotland’ project. Veterans Scotland’s mission is:

‘Veterans Scotland will represent and support the interests of its member organisations, and promote mutually beneficial collaboration, in order to enhance the well-being of the AFVC across Scotland.’

The Veterans Scotland Informing Scotland Project is a 3 year project, funded by the Forces in Mind Trust. It seeks to inform and educate: staff, policy makers and leaders in statutory and non-statutory organisations across Scotland about their obligations to the Armed Forces Covenant and how they may adapt their policies and working practices to ensure that these obligations are met. The post holder will enable a better understanding of the Armed Forces Covenant across Scotland; this is becoming increasingly important as elements of the Covenant become enshrined in law.

Target audiences include, but are not restricted to: Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, Statutory Organisations and Employers, as well as providers of Education, Housing, Health, and the ex-Service and other Third Sector organisations.

The deadline for applications is now the 23rd June 2021.

A world of opportunity exists for ex-Servicemen and women when they leave the Armed Forces. SaluteMyJob is a business with a social purpose that works to connect members of the Armed Forces community with the opportunities available to them.
Helping jobseekers at any stage of their military transition or career journey to plan and prepare for their next job, SaluteMyJob provides free employment-related resources, advice and training to veterans, reservists and their families. SaluteMyJob’s free online training platform, which is exclusive to the Armed Forces community, enables them to adapt or develop the skills they need to improve their competitiveness and to secure successful employment.
Alongside its career support, SaluteMyJob works with supportive employers around the UK to provide the Armed Forces community with access to relevant jobs, work placements, apprenticeships and more. These organisations and their opportunities feature in SaluteMyJob’s unique directory of Forces-friendly employers.
Register with SaluteMyJob to find out more.

How To Translate Your Military Skills & Experience into Civvy Language

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You will have acquired a diverse and well-developed set of hard and soft skills from your service in the Armed Forces. From discipline and leadership to adaptability, excellent communication skills and the ability to get things done, you’ll possess many qualities that will be highly transferable to Civvy Street.

However, although you might have lots to offer, it can be difficult for employers to grasp the value of your military experiences and skills, and understand how they will apply to their business. So, it’s crucial that you take the time to ‘translate’ your skills, qualifications, military job titles and any military-specific terms into “civvy speak” so that employers can understand a bit more about you,what you have achieved and how you will add value. 


The job market appears to be picking up and businesses are ramping up their hiring efforts. New roles are becoming available every day and are being added to our site. This week we have over 380 exciting jobs listed across a variety of industry sectors from IT & Comms to Insurance. 

If you haven't looked though our latest opportunities recently, check out the selection below, or visit our website to find your dream role. 
Funding & Financial Support

Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund

The Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund has been established to support the sustainability of third sector Armed Forces Community organisations whose operations and income have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The fund will offer grants towards core operating and running costs until the end of March 2022.

The fund is open to third sector organisations whose primary charitable purpose is to support the Armed Forces Community, as well as organisations for whom the Armed Forces Community comprise a significant portion of their beneficiaries.

The maximum grant amount that an organisation can apply for will be determined by the number of Armed Forces Community beneficiaries that are supported. Further details about this are included in the eligibility criteria below.

The fund will open for applications on Friday 4th June. The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on Friday 16th July. All applications are to be completed online using the link to the application form which will appear at the bottom of this page on 4th June.

Before starting an application it is extremely important that you read the eligibility criteria and exclusions.

Further information can be found on the website link below:
Armed Forces Third Sector Resilience Fund

New funding to give veterans access to better places, pathways and people 

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (the Trust) has launched a new Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund programme, which will work regionally to develop better, more joined up lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs.

The Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People programme will award 10 portfolio grants of up to £800,000, including one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and seven in England. The grants will be made to individual organisations, who will manage a portfolio of projects.

The Trust will be prioritising applications that clearly demonstrate a proven ability to take a co-ordinated and informed approach across their country or region.

Places, Pathways, People 

Successful applications will ensure there are connected pathways that work well for veterans, that there are safe places for veterans to go which connect into these pathways, and that volunteers and staff who support veterans have access to training and work closely with other organisations within veterans’ mental health pathways.

Melloney Poole, Chief Executive of the Trust, said:

“Through working together, we anticipate that the sum of the projects within a portfolio will deliver more than the organisations working separately could ever achieve. A strong application will show that the organisational connections that will be made will ensure that veterans with mental health needs have access to effective pathways of care and support in their region; and that they have safe places to go to access support, reduce isolation and support positive mental health.”

Planning your application

This is a complex programme and any organisation that is interested in applying to be a Portfolio Lead should read the programme guidance and other support resources available on the Trust’s website, very carefully.

Initial short applications, setting out an intention to make a full application, need to be submitted to the Trust by 23 July.

Find out more

Full programme eligibility information and guidance is available on the Trust’s website:

Grants from The Veterans' Foundation

The Veterans’ Foundation continues to provide grants to cover pandemic-induced need and other ‘normal’ grants.  The former may be considered out-of-committee and decided upon within a week. The maximum grant in both circumstances is £30K, however, we have also introduced a few salary grants, which can provide up to £40K spread over two years for salaries, only salaries, to help small and medium-wealth organisations.  The application process for all grants is online here: If you have any queries, please contact

Deadlines for submission through 2021 are as follows: 
  • 27 August

  • 12 November

Welcome to the Money Map

Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Map will help you find sources of online support to: 

  • Increase your income 
  • Reduce your bills 
  • Ease the costs of daily living

Information and Resources

Veterans Assist Scotland

The Veterans Assist Scotland Website has a wide range of information and advice available including the details for the various Armed Forces and Veterans Champions.

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Veterans Assist Scotland - looks to signpost and connect the Veterans' Community including their families, with the organisations and services best placed to help with information, advice and support that they may need from across Scotland.



Veterans Scotland Information Booklet

An updated copy of the information booklet as at 03 June 2021 is available via the link below:

Veterans' Gateway

As you may be aware the Veterans Gateway have their VG App which looks to support service users across the whole of the United Kingdom.  If you are a member of an organisation that is not currently listed and wish to be included, you should follow the links below.

The combined and continued delivery of services under current COVID-19 restrictions has placed a greater reliance on digital and telephone services to ensure that we continue to support the Armed Forces Community (AFC) across Scotland.  As you may be aware Poppyscotland is one of the 4 consortium partners (along with SSAFA, Combat Stress and RBL) who deliver the Veterans’ Gateway service that has been in existence since April 2017.  We are now in the process of working closely with Patzi Cacchio, the VG Co-ordinator and Dr Matt Kiernan and his team at Northumbria University to broaden awareness of your services and locations and for the Armed Forces Community to access them via the Mobile App that can be downloaded from the Play Store or Apple Store via this link: 

Google Play Store Listing:
Apple Store Listing:  
The App is proving to be invaluable and since its launch in May 2020 the directory has expanded to include approximately 17,000 markers to date across the UK, each representing a service available to veterans or service families.  The Consortium remain encouraged by these initial findings, but we think collectively it is possible to increase the breadth and depth of listings in Scotland with your help.   There are 2 areas that we would ask you to consider.
The first is to consider being listed on the App, which is a straightforward process, for ease we have attached the Local Support Directory User Guide.

To ensure your service can be listed please complete the attached VFDS template (spreadsheet) and then submitting it to be check for completeness before the details are submitted to Northumbria University to upload to the system.

Secondly if you are listed already may I encourage you to go to to ensure that your listing is correct, as your services, focus or contact details may have changed . Again, please use the attached directory template (VFDS) for submitting any amendments and in both cases forward to Danny Renowden

 VFDS template (spreadsheet)

Can we also take this opportunity to mention that you may also wish to be listed as a Referral Partner or Information Organisation on Veterans’ Gateway, details of these are at

Working closely with our partners and particularly Veterans’ Scotland the intention is to increase access to your services through these additional channels.  Once listed more veterans and their families will have greater visibility of the services you provide and all from the convenience of their mobile device or tablet; at a time when we know the need is increasing, along with the complexity of support need and for many this could be their first foray in to gaining information, advice, and support.

News and Other Updates

Golf not for you? Think again. Golf is proven to benefit both physical and mental health.


On Course Foundation supports the recovery of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and veterans through confidence building golf events and opportunities for employment in the golf industry.
We will be hosting an Introductory Golf Event at Wells Green Golf Range in Leven, Fife on Tuesday 13th July.
No previous experience or golf clubs are required – only enthusiasm and a willingness to give it a go.
Event FAQ’s are available on the flyer. If interested, please email  


Join Reading Force to celebrate their tenth birthday – and to hear Michael Morpurgo read to you

Please join us for our online celebration on Tuesday 22 June from 5:00-6:00pm

Hear key speakers and real-life stories, and a short talk from author Sir Michael Morpurgo, best-selling author of over 150 books, on the value of reading in forming and maintaining connections, followed by a reading from one of his books.

Please register your interest here.

We began in Aldershot, home of the British Army, in 2011 – and ever since have been encouraging Forces families to read together to boost communication and remain close. We have given out over 160,000 reading scrapbooks and sent out more than 21,000 children’s books to British military families all over the world.

Royal British Legion Scotland Centenary information

2021 marks 100 years since the start of the Royal British Legion Scotland (Legion Scotland). 

At the conclusion of the First World War there were millions of service personnel seeking to re-establish themselves in civilian life, and many hundreds of thousands of women and children were left widowed and fatherless.

In 1920 Earl Haig and those associated with him, the leaders of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers, the Comrades of the Great War and the Officer’s Association set to work to bring the organisations together for form a united body to support the ex-service community.

Thus, the Legion was born, with the first Unity Conference taking place on the 18th of June 1921, at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Edinburgh and the title of “The British Legion” was adopted.

The name was amended in August 1921 to “The British Legion (Scotland)”, later amended in 1950 to “The British Legion Scotland” and on our 50th Anniversary in 1971 granted today’s title “The Royal British Legion Scotland” by HM The Queen, the Legion’s Patron.

The centenary will be launched on the 18th of June at 11am and in the following 12 months there will be many opportunities for members and supporters of the organisation to get involved.

There will be a live broadcast on social media at 11am on the 18th of June while wreaths are laid simultaneously across the country at local war memorials.  The invite to participate is open to all and more information on how to purchase a wreath and get involved is available here

On the 19th of June the first online auction will go live with more than 20 fantastic lots available.  Reserve prices start from as little as £40. Further details of the lots and how to bid are available here (insert link when available).  All profits raised from the online auction will help Legion Scotland continue their work in support of veterans and their families across Scotland.

For the philatelist’s out there you may be interested to know that we have commissioned a Centenary stamp cover in collaboration with the British Forces Philatelic Society and these can be purchased from the online shop. 100 of these covers have been personally signed by the National President, Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE.  Further details available here

Details of upcoming events over the summer and beyond to mark the Centenary will be covered on our website and social media

Find out more on the Legion Scotland website here

Combat Stress launches Armed Forces Day celebratory BBQ pack

With many Armed Forces Day events cancelled next month due to the pandemic, veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress has come up with an exciting and tasty way for people to support the Armed Forces community and raise much needed funds at the same time.

The ‘Battle of the Burgers’ pits burger recipes from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force against one another, with the public invited to host their own BBQ at home on Armed Forces Day (26 June) and decide the victor. Alongside the recipes, the BBQ pack from Combat Stress also features recipes for cocktails, bunting, cake toppers and an Armed Forces Day quiz and playlist.

The charity has ensured that the pack contains everything needed for a wonderful get-together with friends and family, whilst celebrating and thanking our incredible serving personnel and veterans.

The Armed Forces’ response to COVID-19 has been the biggest ever homeland military operation in peacetime with more than 5,000 personnel involved. Together with the NHS, military personnel have played a vital role in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout across the UK.

Robert Marsh, Director of Fundraising at Combat Stress, said:

“This year’s Armed Forces Day is a great way of thanking our Forces – past and present – for the incredible work they have carried out and continue to perform for our nation.

“We strongly encourage people to celebrate the day, even if they are unable to attend an official event, and we hope our BBQ pack will give them all the tools to do so.”

For more information and to download the free ‘Battle of the Burgers’ BBQ Pack visit

In previous years, Armed Forces Day event venues have often chosen to support Combat Stress as their chosen charity. The BBQ Pack offers tips on how to use your own event as an opportunity to raise funds for veterans’ mental health.

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Issue 9 | May 2021

Update from the Chief Executive

It still feels like spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, but here we are almost in June, cautiously hoping that many of our in-person events and activities can resume soon. We have been delighted with the performance of some virtual fundraising events over the past year, for example Operation Bletchley, which last summer achieved a six-figure income way above and beyond expectations (read more below about this summer’s Op Bletchley challenge) – but nothing can beat those face-to-face interactions that we have all missed. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to share the news (for those not already aware!)
that I will be retiring this autumn, after nine years at the helm of this important charity. Major General Tim Hyams OBE, currently the Army’s Military Secretary (in charge of career management for 100,000 soldiers from Recruit to General) and the Army’s senior representative in Scotland, will take over as Chief Executive and we are thrilled with this appointment.

It will be an interesting time for the charity as society and the economy rebalance following the turbulence brought by the pandemic. We expect an increase in demand for our support, as organisations scale up their hitherto reduced activities; and as individuals feel the impact of the end of government initiatives such as furlough. Throughout, we will remain committed to protecting the Army family and I’m sure Tim is exactly the right person to guide us through this next stage.
Read on to find out how we’ve been working with the Open University to ensure disabled veterans have access to higher education opportunities; Clare Balding’s reflections on working with the Army; and about activities you can get involved with over the summer. I hope you enjoy the issue.


Help for Heroes Veterans & Families Survey 2021

Help for Heroes is encouraging members of the Armed Forces Community to take part in a survey to tell the Charity about their health and wellbeing, their ambitions and concerns for the future and experiences when it comes to accessing support.

The Veterans & Families Survey is open from 3-18 June 2021 to veterans, service personnel, families and carers. The responses will help shape the services Help for Heroes offers to veterans and families in the future. They will also help the Charity communicate the needs of veterans and families to supporters and partners.

The questions have been developed in consultation with 25 veterans, service personnel and family members to ensure they are relevant and accessible.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the survey with your Armed Forces networks:  

Blue Light Card

We are the discount service for the emergency services, NHS, social care sector and armed forces, providing our members with thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street.

For just £4.99, members of the blue light community can register for 2-years access to more than 15,000 discounts from large national retailers to local businesses across categories such as holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones, and many more.


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 Royal Air Force

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Find out more about the Blue Light Card here

Veteran Aware: NHS and the Armed Forces

Defence Relationship Management and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital invite you to attend Veteran Aware: NHS and the Armed Forces at 1000 on Mon 21 Jun. The webinar is aimed at all Serving Personnel, Reservists, Veterans, their Families, NHS Staff, and Military Third Sector Staff including Case Workers. The event will bring together expert speakers from across Government, Defence and the NHS to demonstrate the benefits of the Armed Forces Covenant and the Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance Project, in order to promote the Armed Forces community as an important source of employees, and improve the military community patient outcome while at the same time raising NHS standards for all. You can register to attend the event via Eventbrite.

The first Scottish Veterans Care Network Health and Wellbeing Facet Working Group (H&W FWG) was held on Wed 28 Apr; this is an NHS Scotland initiative. Attached are: the SVCN Mental Health Action Plan (MHAP) presentation, and the SVCN H&W Terms of Reference. Also attached is a draft of the proposed Regional Veteran Focus group questions.  
The Regional Veteran Focus groups have been scheduled as follows: 

  • 31 May North of Scotland (Highland, Grampian, Tayside, Islands) 
  • 7 June West of Scotland (D&G, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire) 
  • 14 June Greater Glasgow & Clyde 
  • 21 June South East (Lothian, Border, Fife, Forth Valley) 

Links to the Service Mapping Questionnaire are: 

Armed Forces veterans will face major challenges unless action is taken now

The changing nature of conflict and dwindling support for our Armed Forces could result in significant challenges for many veterans over the coming years, unless action is taken now.

This is according to Lifting Our Sights: Beyond 2030 – the impact of future trends on the transition of our Armed Forces Community from military to civilian life, which has been published today by Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) after a year-long analysis of future trends by the foresight think tank Future Agenda. It suggests an increasingly challenging environment for veterans when they leave service.

The report warns that unless action is taken now by all organisations supporting the Armed Forces community, Government will fail in its ambition to make ‘the UK the best place in the world to be a veteran’.

Based on insights from experts and serving and ex-Service personnel, Lifting Our Sights: Beyond 2030 analyses socio-economic trends and identifies those most likely to affect Service leavers in a decade and beyond.

  • As conflict becomes more technologically advanced and the UK Armed Forces shrink in size, there will be fewer physical casualties. But new forms of engagement could have unknown and lasting psychological effects.
  • The role of our Armed Forces will be less visible to the public. Reduced understanding will result in dwindling support.
  • If the issue of misperception is not addressed, the number of veterans in employment could fall significantly as their skills are increasingly overlooked. There is already a ‘perception gap’, with many employers failing to recognise veterans’ value to the civilian workforce.
  • Charities providing support to veterans may see a continuing decline in funding. Public sector spending cuts and Covid-19 have already led to increased need and huge reductions in income.
  • All this will mean greater pressure on government finances to deliver additional public sector services – at a time of rising inequality and increased competition for resources.

Consultation launched to waive visa fees for non-UK military personnel

Service personnel from non-UK nations who have served in the British Armed Forces could be offered indefinite leave to remain in the UK for free following a new public consultation launched today by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

The Ministry of Defence and the Home Office are proposing to waive the costs of applications, saving each applicant £2,389 in fees.

If the proposal is approved, non-UK service personnel would be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain, subject to eligibility criteria, after serving at least 12 years – the length of time all service personnel initially sign up to serve, known as the initial engagement period.

Currently there are over 10,000 non-UK citizens serving in the UK Armed Forces from countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, St Lucia and South Africa, many of whom may consider applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK when their service ends.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“We owe those who showed us loyal service, our loyalty in return.

“It is right that we recognise their contribution by not only smoothing the pathway to residency and citizenship, but also by lifting the financial cost of doing so after 12 years of service.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

“I am immensely proud that brave servicemen and women from around the world want to continue to call the UK their home after their service.

“It is only right that those who continue to do extraordinary work on behalf of our country are recognised and rewarded, and I am determined to support them settle in our wonderful communities right across the UK.”

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty said:

“That so many non-UK citizens choose to bring their dedication, expertise and bravery to the UK Armed Forces is not something we take for granted, and I am pleased to support this policy proposal.

“We look forward to hearing the public’s view and working together to move these plans forward, strengthening our support to those who want to build a life in the country they bravely defended during their service.

“The public is encouraged to have their say on the proposed policy changes when the consultation period begins on 26 May. Feedback will be used to further inform and shape these important changes and subject to the outcome of the public consultation the proposed policy change is expected to come into effect for Financial Year 2021/22.”

The public consultation will run for six weeks from 26 May to 7 July and can be accessed on GOV.UK.

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